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Old 10-26-09, 07:33 PM   #1
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Walgreens Discount Prescription Card Program

Normally I don't tout any particular store or brand. But today something happened to me unexpectedly that was positive and helpful for an unemployed, struggling person such as I am in right now.

I have a serious dental problem. I went to my dentist today & received a prescription for Cipro, an extremely strong (and expensive) antibiotic as my left side of my cheek is very, very swollen. I went to Walgreens to fill the prescription. I stumbled on this discount card from Walgreens. For only 20 dollars a year, I alone get the benefits. For 35 dollars, even my pets are covered! It is a godsend for struggling people like me who are not on public assistance for health care. Or have animals that are close to your heart-that was even a bigger surprise to me!

The Cipro was very expensive at around 33 dollars. It was discounted down to only 9 dollars. So a huge aid for me. Even my sister who has health insurance would do well to have this card. Sometimes the co-pay or premium will absolutely kill you if the medical or dental problem won't.

Some example from the FAQ Page includes:

How much does the Prescription Savings Club cost?
Enrollment for an individual is only $20 a year - or just $35 a year for families. Family price includes spouse, dependents under the age of 23 and pets. Additional adult family members living in the same household, like a parent or grandparent, need to enroll separately at the individual rate.
Why is there an annual enrollment fee?
The fee enrolls you in an exclusive club that provides special discounts on prescriptions and rewards for purchases. Enrollment fees cover the administrative and maintenance expenses associated with the program.

If I already have insurance but want my uncovered drugs to be filled under the Prescription Savings Club, would the club be considered secondary insurance?

The Prescription Savings Club cannot be used in conjunction with other prescription drug insurance or discount cards on any one purchase. If the Prescription Savings Club has a lower price on your medication than your insurance or co-pay, you can use the club in place of your insurance. Of course you can always use the club to purchase prescriptions that are not covered by your insurance. Having other prescription drug coverage does not disqualify you from enrolling in the Prescription Savings Club unless it is a publicly funded health care program.

Is the Prescription Savings Club a substitute for prescription insurance?

This program is not an insurance plan. However, if you do not have insurance, have prescriptions that may be excluded by your insurance plan or not covered because you have exceeded your insurance plan's maximum, or your co-pays are too high, this program can save you and your family significant money on your prescription needs.

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My SO and I both have daily prescriptions. Co-pay is 15$ for a 30 day supply. For the 35$ annual fee we get 90 day supplies for 12$. It pays for itself very quickly. And that doesn't count the cost of my occasional allergy med which is on the insurance's non-formulary list.
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As a pharmacist for Walgreens, I love this program. It gives me an opportunity to offer my patients their medicine at a much more reasonable price. I hate seeing people not being able to afford their meds.
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